When someone says “smart building,” what image pops into your mind? You might immediately think of a sleek, monochrome structure, equipped with futuristic technological bells and whistles. In actuality, the future has been here, and for quite some time. Smart buildings are nothing new–the use of technology in building systems in order to make user lives easier has been around since at least the 17th century, strange as that might seem. The growth of the technology itself has skyrocketed since the turn of the 21st century. From HVACs to cyber security, the market for smart buildings only continues to grow and refine itself, promising continued developments in 2017. The evolution of smart buildings can tell us a lot about the trajectory that we’re on, and the advances that will be made in the near future.